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Del Mar Gun Shows To Take Break In 2019 While Board Studies Options

Crowds at the Del Mar Fairgrounds are awaiting a decision by the Board of Dir...

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Above: Crowds at the Del Mar Fairgrounds are awaiting a decision by the Board of Directors of the 22nd Agricultural District on what to do about gun shows at the venue, Tuesday, September 11, 2018.

Del Mar Fair Board Considers Gun Show Ban


Matt Hoffman, reporter, KPBS News


UPDATED: 7:30 p.m., Sept. 11, 2018

The Del Mar Fairgrounds board of directors voted Tuesday to postpone gun shows after this year.

The fairgrounds board voted to postpone the Crossroads of the West gun shows for up to a year, while it looks at different ways to host them. The board wants staff to see if they can have “educational” gun shows that don’t include actual guns or ammunition.

There are still two gun shows happening this year, one later this month and another in December.

The board's meeting Tuesday was moved from its headquarters to the more spacious Surfside Race Place to accommodate larger crowds.

Crossroads of the West has put on five gun shows annually at the fairgrounds for nearly 30 years. They have always been well-attended.

There have been protesters outside the Del Mar gun shows since the school shooting in February in Parkland, Florida.

Observers believe that any attempt to change or prohibit gun shows locally will generate heavy push-back from gun-owners.

A SurveyUSA poll published Monday by the San Diego Union-Tribune found that 51 percent of respondents said the law should be changed to prohibit the sale of military-style weapons on state-owned property.

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